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FCC: Nearly 500 U.S. TV Stations to Make Digital Switch Early
/ February 11, 2009 2:18 pm

Washington – Nearly 500 U.S. TV stations plan to turn off their analog signals and begin broadcasting exclusively in digital on Feb. 17, rather than wait until the delayed June 12 date that was approved by Congress, according to a notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Combined with the 190 or so stations that have already made the switch, over one-third of the 1,800 or so U.S. TV stations will cease transmitting their analog signals on Feb. 17.

The FCC gave stations until this past Monday to give notice that they intended to make the switch to digital early; the agency also reserved the right to prevent stations from doing so if it were "contrary to the public interest."

Nielsen recently reported that 6.5 million U.S. homes were unprepared for the upcoming transition.


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  • We have got to get term limits on these
    crooked nitwit politicians in Congress.
    The TV switch to digital on Feb. 17 has
    been scheduled for years. There will be
    people who are not ready for the switch
    for years and years in the future.

  • This isn’t going to help us get rural broadband quicker like Obama promised…first act in office was to break his promise to get broadband out to all. Instead he is standing in the way of the natural progression of technology in that direction. That’s okay, Clinton promised us that too… still waiting.

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